Designers Petter Johansson Kukacka and Christain Isberg, collectively known as Pjadad/Isberg, designed a 'Collaborative Cooking Machine’ that digitally prepares dishes.
The machine, a large shelving unit, contains 35 cooking functions/ingredients (such as meats, veg, herbs and spices,) stored in unique dispensers, and can be operated by participants typing in commands to add any ingredients to the pot placed on a lower level of the machine.
These remote commands also regulate the heat and stirring. Each action is recorded by the machine and these are finally printed to provide an archive of the conversation and a recipe for the dish.
Interesting about the project is that the participants are anonymous and the machine presents a new and different way for people to collaborate and initiate a dialogue about food and the culinary arts.
The machine also provides insights into how people may react or orient themselves when put in a situation and with such a platform for collaboration. It’s also interesting to discover what kind of dialogue, discussion or interaction emerge from such a situation.
Of course, given the experimental status of the project, the Collaborative Cooking machine does have its limitations in the practical realm. To that end, the devices still needs to be physically loaded up with the array of ingredients needed for a particular dish. Moreover, the entire remotely-regulated ambit is tailored for a slow cooking process that might range from 10 to 20 hours.
However, in spite of such restrictions, the Collaborative Cooking machine stands out by the amazing way the machine has been built, and combines both interactions and project management skills between different people.
Will cooking become a new form of conversation?